19 Dolphins visit Alaminos

December 15, 2010 at 8:20 am Leave a comment


By Yolanda Sotelo

ALAMINOS CITY – For a few fleeting moments on Monday afternoon, 19 dolphins frolicked at the Lucap Bay, the jump-off point to the Hundred Islands, enthralling the officials and Bantay Dagat of this city.
Mayor Hernani Braganza said the Bantay Dagat informed him of the presence of the gentle sea creatures at around 5 o’clock in the afternoon at the Lucap Bay.
“We rushed to the sea to watch the dolphins and to keep them safe from harm, telling the fishermen to remove their gill nets as the dolphins could get entangled in them.
“We actually tried to lead them into the Hundred Islands, but they headed to the open sea at sunset,” Braganza said.
The pod of dolphins stayed for just about two hours and that no fishery expert was able to come and identify the species. “We just saw that there were big and small ones, and the biggest was around 10 feet long,” he said.
Braganza personally directed the Bantay Dagat where to guide the dolphins, veering them away from shallow and rocky areas which could hurt the sea mammals.
Dr. Westly Rosario, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Center chief, said the pod could have visited for a “meal” at the mouth of Bued River.
“It is usually at the river’s mouth where there are plenty of food like krill and small fishes for them, so they come for their meal,” Rosario said.
The other reason why dolphins go near the shore is when they are hurt or have wounds, Rosario said. But Braganza said the dolphins looked vigorous.
“We hope we can have more visiting dolphins, but unfortunately there are still blast fishing activities in other towns which scare the dolphins away,” he said.
Records showed that a dolphin was beached in nearby Labrador town in May 2008 – a 2.1 meter long pantropic spotted dolphin which the residents named “Alab” measured 2.1 meter long.
The dolphin looked sick and was supposed to be brought to the Ocean Adventure in Subic for treatment, but died before the trip.
A month before that, or on February 8, a rough toothed dolphin which is about 5-6 years old (mature age), was trapped inside an oyster culture farm off the village of Baley Daan in this city.
The city officials then sought assistance from the Ocean Adventure and the Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Network (PMMSN) which brought the dolphin to their facilities in Subic in Zamabales on February 10.
The dolphin the residents named Bayanihan had wounds and was very weak. It was found out to be afflicted with scoliosis and suffering from respiratory infections.
It died on February 21 or 13 days after it was rescued.
In 2007, the city government and the PMMSN conducted a seminar among fishermen and city personnel on how to rescue stranded mammals along the city’s shores.
The seminar was conducted after a dolphin died even before getting first aid.

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